Rīga to spend more than half a million euros to host the ice hockey world championship / Article
At a meeting of the RÄ«ga City Council Committee on Financial and Administrative Affairs on Thursday, May 6, councilors supported the allocation of more than half a million euros to cover the costs of hosting the 2021 Ice Hockey World Championship managed by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), based in Switzerland.
526,000 euros in public funds will be used to host the tournament in the Latvian capital from May 21 to June 6.
âMost of the funding, 500,000 euros, is intended to cover organizational expenses, including catering and accommodation of participants in hotels in Riga, use of sports facilities, etc., but 26,000 euros – for the rental of buses for the transport of participants, “said a board. Press release.
The money will be allocated from the reserve fund of the Riga City Council.
The main games room will be the Arena “Riga” and will host Group B, two quarter-finals, a semi-final and medal matches. The second venue for the Games in Riga will be the Olympic Sports Center, which will be transformed into an ice rink with a capacity of 6,000 spectators (it remains to be decided whether spectators will actually be allowed, although this seems very doubtful given the epidemiological situation. .), and will host Group A and two quarter-final matches. The Daugava ice rink will serve as a training room. To ensure a “competition bubble”, the 16 teams will be accommodated in a hotel.
The council said it would “promote the visibility of the city and the business environment”.
As previously reported by LSM, the tournament was originally intended to be jointly hosted by Latvia and Belarus.
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